Pavel Pepperstein

13 Dec 2008 - 17 Jan 2009

© Pavel Pepperstein
'Shanghai treaty',2008
acrylic on canvas
EITHER – OR. National Suprematism as a Project of a New Representative Style for Russia

December 13, 2008 – January 17, 2009

The opening ceremony of the exhibition will be held on December 13, Saturday, from 18:00 to 20:00.

Regina Gallery is happy to present a new project by Pavel Peppershtein titled EITHER – OR. National Suprematism as a Project of a New Representative Style for Russia.

At his new show the artist suggests that we should seriously ponder a creation of the new common style of external representation which could serve as an identification sign and an artistic trademark of Russia. This kind of representation of its art is necessary for the Russian society today, at the moment when the country tries to acquire an independent voice, a national idea and an articulate language to express this idea.

And Russia already has a formal language of this kind, according to Peppershtein. It is Suprematism. The principles of Suprematism were formulated by Kazimir Malevich in 1910s. Yet, surprising as it may seem, this style has not been marked as a “retro” one, and it is still directly associated with the world of future today. The creation of a new representative style for Russia based on the achievements of Suprematism will make a clear statement that we have not only an idea of our own unique past, but also an idea of our own future which is not dissolved in the common future of mankind.

Works presented at this show reflect urgent political circumstances, such as hopes invested in Obama, new ambitions of Russia, relations involving a peculiar “love struggle” between Russia and America.

The new representative style for Russia is a celebration with a Russian heart, unrestrained merrymaking and elements of Russian Art Nouveau.

Pavel Peppershtein: “I hope that National Suprematism will be an ideal style for the decoration of objects and events associated with the external representation of Russia, such as airports, railway stations, transport nodes, embassies, trade missions, offices of Russian airlines and commercial companies, forums and festivals of Russian culture, government agencies and ministries (Foreign Affairs Ministry, first and foremost) and private houses.”

Tags: Kazimir Malevich, Pavel Pepperstein